Los Angeles Chargers: With Philip Rivers Gone What This Means Moving Forward

Philip Rivers (38 years old) appears to be done with the Los Angeles Chargers, and this is according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. Los Angeles is already reportedly moving on from him. The Chargers finished last season with a 5-11 record after finishing the season before with a 12-4 record.

Rivers was one of the main reasons why they missed the playoffs this season despite all of the injuries they had. Philip Rivers will be a free agent and he is also supposedly moving to Miami.

Does this mean that Rivers is retiring or is he going to play for either the Miami Dolphins or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season?

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Well, time is going to tell and Philip Rivers was drafted in the first round in 2004. Eli Manning of the New York Giants already retired and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers plans to keep on playing for at least two more seasons.

Rivers played in all 16 games last season. He completed 390-of-591 of his passes (66 percent completion percentage) for 4,615 yards 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Philip Rivers also rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns.

There was a time last season where the Chargers considered benching him in favor of Tyrod Taylor. They probably won’t go with him, but Los Angeles could trade for Cam Newton from the Carolina Panthers, Andy Dalton from the Cincinnati Bengals, Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, sign Marcus Mariota in free agency, or sign Tom Brady in free agency.

If none of those options work, they could draft either Tua Tagovailoa out of the University of Alabama or Justin Herbert out of the University of Oregon sixth overall. Jordan Love out of Utah State and Jacob Eason out of Washington University could be options too with that selection as well.

Head Coach Anthony Lynn will not be going anywhere anytime soon. They are going to get a new quarterback and will see where it goes.

Throughout Rivers’ entire career, he started in 224 consecutive games in the regular season and 235 overall because Philip Rivers has played in 11 career postseason games.

This streak currently began on 9/11/2006. This streak is currently going but if he decides to retire from the NFL, it will no longer be the case.

In the regular season throughout his illustrious career, Rivers has completed 4908-of-7591 of his passes (64.7 completion percentage) for 59,721 yards 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions. He also rushed for 609 yards on 365 carries and three touchdowns.

In the postseason, he has completed 211-of-359 passes (59.4 completion percentage) for 2,656 yards 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Philip Rivers also rushed for 47 yards on 20 carries and a score.

He could be a hall of famer one day, but only his regular-season numbers say he should be in. In fact, Rivers had no postseason success what so ever. He had the San Diego Chargers at 14-2 at one point in time with LaDalian Tomlinson, Junior Seau, Shawne Merriman, and Antonio Gates in their prime.

Marty Schottenheimer was fired the day after they lost to the New England Patriots and Rivers never got it done when it mattered the most. Philip Rivers might get in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, but I wouldn’t put him in. If he does get in, it won’t be on the first try. There are a lot of people more deserving than him to go into the Football Hall of Fame. We will see what happens moving forward.

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